Author Archives: Harry

I Coulda Been a Contender

This is the line uttered by Marlon Brando in the classic 1954 movie, On the Waterfront. The full quote: “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which … Continue reading

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What Brings Joy to Your Life?

Often the best interactions in our lives are when we are asked really great questions. Recently I gave a talk on fitness to 55 residents of a community in Fort Myers, Fla. They were a very participatory group and most … Continue reading

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Would a Tontine Increase Motivation?

I recently read an interesting book, Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide by Michael Kinsley. He is a columnist for Vanity Fair, a contributor to The New Yorker and a founder of Slate. Now in his mid-60s, he learned that he … Continue reading

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Live Your Life

Recently my wife and I attended an event featuring Terry Gross, host of the NPR radio show, Fresh Air. In addition to discussing her career of over 25 years she played excerpts from some of her favorite interviews. One of … Continue reading

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Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

I’m writing this a few days before I turn 79 and a few days after my annual birthday bike ride. We started the tradition of cycling my age in miles in 2007, when I turned 70. We continued the tradition … Continue reading

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It Helps to Keep Score

Some years ago I went to Ireland to play golf with several friends. When we arrived to play at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, one of the more famous courses in Ireland, the wind was blowing at least 50 mph. … Continue reading

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Want to Maintain Your Brain?

Recently I had dinner at a friend’s house. The guests included a couple I had never met, Jim and Mary. Someone mentioned that I write about fitness and healthy eating and that led to a discussion of Alzheimer’s, likely our … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Get Easier

Most of us have learned that many of the things we like to do get harder to do as we age. This applies to exercise and sports but also to many other activities. At the end of a long trip … Continue reading

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It’s Good To Do Something New

Last summer I was cycling in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with a friend. When I suggested that we take a new, different route on our return, he responded: “No, I’d rather go the way I know.” Translation: “Leave me alone, I … Continue reading

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What About Balance?

As we age we inevitably lose speed, endurance and muscle mass. Some of us lose these attributes at a slower rate than others due to a higher level of physical activity, but all of us still lose over time. Sorry, … Continue reading

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